Have you ever used “open door / closed door” theology in your decision-making? Most Christians have probably relied on that method at one time or another. We even have web sites devoted to door quotes like “When God closes a door, He opens a window…”
I would like to suggest that this method of decision-making can be very immature. We really should not make decisions based exclusively on external circumstances. This approach rarely works in any environment.
- Would you use it in your business? Would you change copier vendors every week…based on who walked through your door? Would you attempt to design a nuclear reactor if the NRC invited you through the “open door”? Do you accept an angry customer as a “closed door” or do you try to win them back?
- Would you use it to find a spouse? Jack-the-ripper asks you out for a date so you just say yes? When you asked the girl you like out on date and she said “no”…you stopped chasing?
- Would you use it to raise your kids? You would hand them off to the first babysitter who responded to your ad…without a background check or interview? They get to go to any college they are accepted to, no matter if you can afford it or not?
Instead, we should leverage the most knowledge, wisdom, and pray that we have available to us. We know that…we just don’t always practice it. Sometimes it is easier to “assume” that God is directing us by using our circumstances rather than to take responsibility to hear His voice. So, the next time you find yourself speaking about an open (or closed) door – stop yourself and ask “Is that true? Am I sure about that or am I taking the easy path?”
Remember – Satan can open and close doors too.
Thanks for listening.
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